Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Referendum on AV

Reading the stories on the BBC and Grauniad websites, it took some substantial work to get to the point where I discovered that, as part of the Lib-Dem Tory agreement announced today, there will in fact be a referendum on an AV voting system,  In fact, the only reference I was able to find, reading stories, was a subhead which suggests that this is part of the agreement.
An uninformed reader might wonder, based on this, whether AV referred to audio-visual, action-voting, absolutely-vabulous, or some other inanity.
It seems to me that this is the most far-reaching part of the LD-T agreement, and as such, ought to be "above the fold" on the reporting on this issue.

Yours, proportionately speaking,

(For those not in the know, AV refers to an alternative vote system: a typical system is as follows. A voter lists her choices in order of preference: the votes are counted, and those for the least popular candidate are reassigned according to the next preference of each voter.  This continues, eliminating one candidate at a time, until one candidate has a majority of the votes. )

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